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(Winnipeg Free Press)   63 years ago, a broke student was handed an envelope with $200 in to finish school, and was told to pay it forward once he was able to. Now, he's giving back $1000000   (winnipegfreepress.com) divider line 84
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2012-01-07 12:16:10 PM
Pay it forward is a mantra everyone should embrace.
 
2012-01-07 12:21:37 PM
Commas in currency. How does that work?
 
2012-01-07 12:24:23 PM

eddyatwork: Pay it forward is a mantra everyone should embrace.


Except those with STDs.
 
2012-01-07 12:24:33 PM
simplicimus: Commas in currency. How does that work?

They come and go because subby's a comma chameleon.
 
MBK [TotalFark]
2012-01-07 12:32:32 PM

Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener: simplicimus: Commas in currency. How does that work?

They come and go because subby's a comma chameleon.


Is it worrisome that I did a rimshot when I read that?
 
2012-01-07 12:42:46 PM
$200? I could pay for my parking tags with that.
 
2012-01-07 12:46:19 PM
Good way to blow your kids inheritance.
 
2012-01-07 12:47:51 PM
MBK: Is it worrisome that I did a rimshot when I read that?

It would be worrisome if that post WEREN'T accompanied by a rimshot.
 
2012-01-07 12:54:55 PM
After my apartment burned down, I was given a similar gift by another Farker. I'd like to think the things I have done since then have helped me pay it forward
 
2012-01-07 01:27:29 PM

ArkAngel: After my apartment burned down, I was given a similar gift by another Farker. I'd like to think the things I have done since then have helped me pay it forward


I remember that news footage. It looked cold out there.
 
2012-01-07 01:55:37 PM

violentsalvation: ArkAngel: After my apartment burned down, I was given a similar gift by another Farker. I'd like to think the things I have done since then have helped me pay it forward

I remember that news footage. It looked cold out there.


Fark yes, it was cold. But overall, I think it was a good thing that it happened. Thanks to the generosity of the people and businesses in the area, I was able to replace a good chunk of my destroyed clothing (most of which was in bad shape anyway). I was also able to get my security deposit back, which I likely would not have been able to because of the damage my son caused to the carpet. The biggest grief that came out of it was that almost my entire collection of antique books was destroyed by the fire, water, or smoke.
 
2012-01-07 02:51:37 PM

Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener: simplicimus: Commas in currency. How does that work?

They come and go because subby's a comma chameleon.


.....
Hehee ;-)
 
2012-01-07 03:47:01 PM
Handouts work? Maybe we should all try being nice to each other for a change.
 
2012-01-07 03:47:14 PM
Receive $200, pay back $1,000,000... so it's like a regular student loan then?
 
2012-01-07 03:48:05 PM
63 years and he pays forward a $mill

what? did he just win the lottery?

wouldn't it have made much more sense if he have made it a little bit less, and a long time ago?
 
2012-01-07 03:48:21 PM
"They'd knock on the door, sometimes two or three times a day, and she'd make them a big meal of soup and bread and pack them a lunch. She said to me, 'These men have nothing, no roof over their head, no food, so everybody should help them.' That made quite an impression on me," he said.

Sounds like a Commie to me.
 
2012-01-07 03:49:45 PM
Did subby accidentally, the headline?
 
2012-01-07 03:50:41 PM
And they spent the money on wi-fi and flat-screens?
 
2012-01-07 03:50:46 PM
I'd pay it back in the form of a $300,000 crack party.
 
2012-01-07 03:50:48 PM
He's considered the 1%. Why did he make this amount of money as a pharmacist? Work ethic: "He was considering taking a year off to work when a friend of the family called him over one day and handed him an envelope containing $200."

He was going to work. But a friend of the family saved him. So he got to finish school. Nowadays that does not happen.
 
2012-01-07 03:53:56 PM
There are too many 0s without commas in that headline for me to figure out how much money that is.
 
2012-01-07 03:54:15 PM
Sheldon Mindell, manager of Riverview, said Johnston's gift will be put towards refurbishing its 30 palliative care beds, including installing flat-screen televisions and a Wi-Fi system. Mindell also wants to upgrade a meeting area into a place where a family could eat a meal in relative privacy, rather than in the cafeteria.

How about you treat some f*cking poor people instead of pimping out the rooms?

PRIORITIES!!! HOW DO THEY WORK?!!!
 
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2012-01-07 03:54:32 PM
My philanthropy is exclusive to the drive thru at Chik-fil-a. There are two entrances to the parking lot, and if you wave me in front of you at the entrance to the drive thru, congrats, I'm buying your lunch. I get a good feeling driving off knowing I've payed it forward.

© end smug philanthropically enhanced post
 
2012-01-07 03:56:18 PM
I mean if I scrimped and saved just to donate that amount of cash I'd be damned pissed if it got wasted of f*cking tv's and wi-fi.

Meanwhile that facility probably rakes in a fortune gouging their patients.
 
2012-01-07 03:56:21 PM

Mark Ratner: Good way to blow your kids inheritance.


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2012-01-07 04:01:36 PM

eddyatwork: Pay it forward is a mantra everyone should embrace.


I've never had anyone pay me like that initially, but I'm not doing to shabbily right now. I'm doing my best to set as much of that in motion as I can... about a thousand bucks at a time maybe a few times a year, or as often as I can at least. Most goes to students, some anonymously to one particular small church (I'm an atheist, but I like 'the cut of their jib'), and some to two local charities because I know what the cash is turned into. It's not much, but every little bit helps, I guess.

Maybe it's a waste. Dunno. Worst case scenario: I feel a little better about me while the rest of the world burns.

/shrug
 
2012-01-07 04:02:15 PM
b-b-but socialism, right?
 
2012-01-07 04:03:55 PM
FTFA: "This isn't a rich man who gave away $1 million, he's a man who decided 35 years ago that he wanted to do something significant," Smith said.


What a great statement to make about someone. I bet any guy would feel like a million bucks if they heard that said about them.
 
2012-01-07 04:04:47 PM

shArkh: b-b-but socialism, right?


b-b-but evil rich 1% asshole, right?
 
2012-01-07 04:06:05 PM
It really goes to show how farked up our higher education system has become if $200 was a great help to him.
It's now the equivalent of a penny.
 
2012-01-07 04:08:34 PM

Cup_O_Jo: He's considered the 1%. Why did he make this amount of money as a pharmacist? Work ethic: "He was considering taking a year off to work when a friend of the family called him over one day and handed him an envelope containing $200."

He was going to work. But a friend of the family saved him. So he got to finish school. Nowadays that does not happen.



It happens sometimes. I would like to see it happen more often, but we shouldn't disregard the times when it does. Generosity usually isn't newsworthy, so it doesn't get reported very often, but that doesn't mean it never occurs.

Of course, if we want it to happen more often, it's our responsibility to start it.
 
2012-01-07 04:11:07 PM

ArkAngel: After my apartment burned down, I was given a similar gift by another Farker. I'd like to think the things I have done since then have helped me pay it forward


I used to think Fark was full of poor, stupid people. Now I'm just glad to know at least a few aren't poor.
 
2012-01-07 04:15:09 PM
200 over 63 years yielding 1000000 works out to about 14.5% annual interest.

/Sitting here bored with a calculator.
 
2012-01-07 04:23:18 PM
media.winnipegfreepress.com

One... MILLION.... dollars
 
2012-01-07 04:29:27 PM

God-is-a-Taco: It really goes to show how farked up our higher education system has become if $200 was a great help to him.
It's now the equivalent of a penny.


Inflation adjusted, this is the equivalent of having been handed $2,000 today.
 
2012-01-07 04:31:35 PM
Farkers, I'm in my second year of a university course. My aim is to graduate and help the oppressed people of the world by teaching them English and life skills.

However, I dropped my iPad today and that has severely incapacitated me in my learning. I may have to drop out of university now and get another job - to go along with the 3 I already have - in order to get enough money to get another iPad. It has never been easy being an orphan kid after my family were kidnapped and never heard of again. Some days I cry in class at the thought and the other students taunt me because of it. I prefer it when they harrass me because of my tatty clothes and shoeless feet. At least then I know they are laughing at me and not my family.

I'm not a charity case and I don't want people feeling sorry for me, but if anyone can help with my situation, please send all donations to gun­gfu[nospam-﹫-backwards]liamg*com. (I only know how to use the 64 gigs version). Thanks.

/I'm typing this from the public library; residing in their disabled toilet and surviving on a diet of book pages (Pride and Prejudice) and toilet water.
 
2012-01-07 04:34:40 PM

larrycot: And they spent the money on wi-fi and flat-screens?


I was wondering about that, given Johnson's mantra of spend on what you need, not what you want.
 
2012-01-07 04:37:25 PM

GungFu: Farkers, I'm in my second year of a university course. My aim is to graduate and help the oppressed people of the world by teaching them English and life skills.

However, I dropped my iPad today and that has severely incapacitated me in my learning. I may have to drop out of university now and get another job - to go along with the 3 I already have - in order to get enough money to get another iPad. It has never been easy being an orphan kid after my family were kidnapped and never heard of again. Some days I cry in class at the thought and the other students taunt me because of it. I prefer it when they harrass me because of my tatty clothes and shoeless feet. At least then I know they are laughing at me and not my family.

I'm not a charity case and I don't want people feeling sorry for me, but if anyone can help with my situation, please send all donations to gungfu[[nospam-﹫-backwards] image 7x13]liamg[* image 7x13]com. (I only know how to use the 64 gigs version). Thanks.

/I'm typing this from the public library; residing in their disabled toilet and surviving on a diet of book pages (Pride and Prejudice) and toilet water.


Is that PocketNinja in disguise?
 
2012-01-07 04:37:57 PM

GungFu: gungfu[nospam-﹫-backwards]liamg*com


*sends UWIE*

/here to help
 
2012-01-07 04:38:59 PM

Monkey MKIII: Is that PocketNinja in disguise?


Has more of a spentmiles feel to it.
 
2012-01-07 04:45:20 PM
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//like her poll numbers
 
2012-01-07 04:45:32 PM
Don't you think there are better ways to improve patient health than buying flat-screen TVs and a Wi-Fi network?

I'm pretty sure the gift wasn't meant to be used on such frivolous luxuries and is a waste of a pretty farking awesome gift.
 
2012-01-07 04:45:37 PM

Jon iz teh kewl: I'd pay it back in the form of a $300,000 crack party.


$300,000? Why not $450,000?

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2012-01-07 04:47:32 PM
So, 63 years ago someone gave him $200 to help him stay in pharmacy school with the only obligation to "pay in forward". I dont' really see how donating money 63 years later to install wifi in a center for pallative care is paying it forward. Was that really the expectation of the original donor? I think doling out a few hundred or a few thousand to struggling students over that 63 years with the same admonition would have resulted in a greater overall benefit. Also, wouldn't it have been more fitting to do this anonymously instead of "look at me, I've giving away a million dollars"? Don't get me wrong, I think it's great that he did this, I just think he didn't do the maximum amount of good that he could have, he missed 63 years of helping struggling students along the way.
 
2012-01-07 04:51:39 PM

Cup_O_Jo: He's considered the 1%. Why did he make this amount of money as a pharmacist? Work ethic: "He was considering taking a year off to work when a friend of the family called him over one day and handed him an envelope containing $200."

He was going to work. But a friend of the family saved him. So he got to finish school. Nowadays that does not happen.


I know you're trollin', but the article does say he saved up $80,000 after 22 years of working, and turned that into a million + whatever he lives off and still has with smart and savvy investments. (And likely a lot of luck.)
 
2012-01-07 04:53:03 PM

Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener: MBK: Is it worrisome that I did a rimshot when I read that?

It would be worrisome if that post WEREN'T accompanied by a rimshot.


Oh...

rimSHOT.

OK - that makes more sense.
 
2012-01-07 04:53:57 PM

Zoomaster: Mark Ratner: Good way to blow your kids inheritance.

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Where in the article does it say he has kids? It's always good to see farkers make absolute dicks of themselves because they can't read a short news artiicle. Insofar as the value of $200 today, at least someone worked it out. Huge difference between 1 cent and $2000, but inflation-adjusted figures do a better job of illustrating purchasing power parity than some dork flying into the thread and pumping out some BS.
 
2012-01-07 04:55:17 PM

God-is-a-Taco: It really goes to show how farked up our higher education system has become if $200 was a great help to him.
It's now the equivalent of a penny.


I was thinking that. Now-a-days it would buy an Intro to Physics book. Maybe.
 
2012-01-07 04:58:49 PM

Cup_O_Jo: He's considered the 1%. Why did he make this amount of money as a pharmacist? Work ethic: "He was considering taking a year off to work when a friend of the family called him over one day and handed him an envelope containing $200."

He was going to work. But a friend of the family saved him. So he got to finish school. Nowadays that does not happen.


He's considered the 1%? By whom? It takes far more than a million dollars net worth to be in the 1%, laddie.
 
2012-01-07 05:03:00 PM

bargled: Don't you think there are better ways to improve patient health than buying flat-screen TVs and a Wi-Fi network?

I'm pretty sure the gift wasn't meant to be used on such frivolous luxuries and is a waste of a pretty farking awesome gift.


I bought a couple of TVs for my parents. If you're in an extended care facility, a TV is a better way to stay entertained than watching your roomie get transferred to the funeral home.
 
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